PARALYMPIC sprinter Jonnie Peacock produced a fantastic heat to storm through to the final of the T44 100m.
Former Doddington lad Peacock (19), who currently holds the world record time for the distance, is one of the hot favourites for the gold medal and did not disappoint in his first appearance at the London 2012 Paralympic Games last night (Wednesday).
Peacock came out of the blocks like a bullet and finished first in a time of 11.08secs, equalling the Paralympic record.
He appeared pleased with his performance, giving the cameras a double thumbs-up.
USA sprinter Jerome Singleton came in second but was nowhere near Peacock, with a time of 11.46secs.
South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius ran in the second heat, with a time of 11.18secs. He was trailed by Blake Leeper, from the USA, who came in at 11.34secs.
In the third heat of the evening, there was a false start after Swiss sprinter Christoph Bausch failed to leave the blocks. He was allowed to start again and although there was again a hesitation from Bausch, the race continued. He made up the time and came in fourth place.
Arnu Fourie, another successful South African sprinter, took first place in a time of 11.29secs, just overtaking the USA’s Richard Browne in the last few metres and coming in 0.04secs before him.
The final of the T44 100m takes place tonight (Thursday) at around 9.15pm.